Sullivan BOCES and SUNY Sullivan Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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College President Jay Quaintance discusses producing “a seamless pathway from high school to college”.

Sullivan BOCES and SUNY Sullivan held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 17th for the Career & Technical Education Public Safety classrooms at SUNY Sullivan. This partnership will provide more comprehensive programming for the young men and women of the county.
Jay Quaintance, President of SUNY Sullivan, welcomed local politicians, educators, and students, and discussed the ever-changing educational landscape of the county. “Our partnership is a prime example of that change. It shows how we are working together to provide high-quality educational experiences and a seamless pathway from high school to college,” said Quaintance.
According to Robert Dufour, Ed. D, District Superintendent at Sullivan BOCES, “We are excited about our partnership with SUNY Sullivan and the opportunities it affords our students. What makes this partnership so special is the relationships the students are forming with SUNY Sullivan’s Criminal Justice Program. Our students not only get to immerse themselves into college life and experience what college is all about, they are able to see that SUNY Sullivan is an ideal institution to continue their education.”
Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther expressed how proud she was of the partnership between SUNY Sullivan and Sullivan BOCES. “I know how important the public safety program is and the college setting will enhance each student’s learning experience,” said Gunther. She closed with a statement to the students–”I look forward to seeing you in a uniform someday.”
Legislative Chair, Luis Alvarez, spoke about his journey that led him to law enforcement and how as a police officer you have a lasting impact on the people you meet.

This is an honorable and rewarding profession; it’s a brotherhood that impacts individuals in so many ways. I am so glad for this partnership it will provide a wonderful learning environment for future law enforcement officers,” said Alvarez.

According to Destiny Nash, Public Safety student and senior at Monticello Central School District, “Being at SUNY Sullivan gives us firsthand knowledge of the criminal justice college experience. Speaking with college students makes us more excited to continue our education and enter the criminal justice field.”

“This is a special event for all of us,” said Linda Berkowicz, Sullivan BOCES, Board President. She spoke about her teaching career as an art teacher, as she taught in an area of the school that focused on technical courses. This experience gave her a great appreciation for what BOCES provides through the Career & Technical Education Center. “BOCES is a wonderful place that understands the need to provide technical training for our students. This partnership is just the beginning of future partnerships that will provide memorable educational experiences for our students,” added Berkowicz.